Despite being quite an obvious extrovert, I am a huge fan of solitude. I love my own company. when my uni friends go out to party, I sometimes prefer curling up with a good book and a herbal tea. I relish the silence, the sound of my breath and my breath alone, the peace that comes from finally being able to sift through the tangle of thoughts in my head. I love to travel by myself, to walk through unknown streets uninterrupted by conversation, allowing my senses to be alert to every sound, every smell, every taste and every touch. I love to sit in cafes by myself to process and observe. I love watching films alone so that its voices and characters can engulf me without distraction. I like to sit in the library pouring over books and absorbing new thoughts and facts and viewpoints. I love to lie on my bed and listen to Radio 3, allowing the waves of sumptuous music to wash over me gently and tenderly. I love to wake up at dawn and sit on my bed with a cup of tea and talk to God: sometimes I read my bible, sometime I pray and sometimes I just sit and listen. Solitude is both a necessity and an indulgence. It's one of my life's greatest pleasures. It restores my soul, my voice and my identity.
How do you do solitude?